[tex-live] Where to find the official Latex manual

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Wed Mar 4 14:25:38 CET 2009

Zdenek Wagner a écrit :
>> Indeed. And if this is the right file, I think `` texdoc latex '' should
>> open this, instead of /usr/local/texlive/2008/texmf/doc/man/man1/latex.pdf,
>> as this latter file is just the PDF output of `` man latex ''.

While I agree that texdoc latex shouldn't open the man page, I doubt usrguide is
particularly useful to newcomers.  As far as I can see, it is primarily targeted
at experienced LaTeX 2.09 users who want to discover LaTeX2e.

> In TL2007 "texdoc latex" finds
> /usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf/doc/latex/base/latex.pdf which is muc
> more useful than usrguide.pdf. this file does not exist in TL2008, I
> have not found it in the svn repository.
I'm not sure, but you may be talking of the file now available as latex2e.pdf,
the /unofficial LaTeX reference manual/, a pdf version of the texinfo file. If
so, I also find it very useful.

Anyway, there is an ongoing discussion/work concerning what 'texdoc latex'
should point to. Most probably the best answer is an « umbrella » document
pointing to the most relevant documents, such as latex2e.pdf, lshort.pdf, etc.


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